Reprint of 1995, G-rated, romantic comedy novel
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Pages: 464 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Meg is a 37-year-old widow with a 15-year-old daughter, Lindsey, who is determined to foist her unsuspecting mother headfirst into dating. In order to forward that goal, she places on her mother’s behalf a personal ad in their local newspaper, located in a suburb of Seattle. The ad is titled, “Wanted: Perfect Partner.”
Meanwhile, 38-year-old, divorced Steve, who owns a busy construction firm, has a 19-year-old sister who also believes her brother should get back out there and start dating. She answers Lindsey’s personal ad on his behalf, pretending to be Steve, and the two girls correspond while they are mutually masquerading as their older relation. In the process, they set up a blind date for Meg and Steve, who both show up, because their young relations have convinced each of them that it would be very unkind to stand up each other. From that moment on, comic chaos ensues.
This re-release of a 1995 novel shows its age in that virtually no one these days, in the era of online dating sites and dating apps for smartphones, uses a personals ad from a print newspaper to find a date. It’s almost like reading a historical novel experiencing the centrality of that plot device to this story. But for fans of Debbie Macomber, and readers who are searching for G-rated romance novels, this particular novel, however dated, could be an enjoyable read. There is no cussing, no drunkenness, and no sex scenes, only a few passionate kisses. There is also no cheating, and as is the case with all conventional, adult romance novels, there is a guaranteed HEA.
A great many of Debbie Macomber’s novels have been successfully made into Hallmark TV series and made-for-TV movies. Though this particular novel is not one of them, it has a very familiar, Hallmark-style approach to romance that fans of Hallmark will particularly appreciate.
I experienced this novel as an audiobook. The narrator does a good job acting out all the parts.
I rate this book as follows:
Romance Plot: 4
Audiobook Narration: 4